Angular Momentum, a small Swiss-based watchmaking brand that deals in “artisan” or, if you like, “piece of art” watches, doesn’t normally offer limited edition timekeepers in a sense that they put a cap on expected production numbers and watch the price skyrocket with thousands of enthusiasts trying to outbid each other in order to get of those “limited to just 9999 numbered pieces” that will be slightly modified for the next year and, again, offered at an even higher price. Usually, the tiny brand just makes as many of their gadgets as they can with the total number naturally limited by price and by the fact that the watches are usually hand-crafted and hand-finished, not outsourced to some lowest bidder from the Far East. However, this particular new Angular Momentum The Peony is a unique watch and will only exist as a single member of a something that could have become a beautiful collection.
As usual, the watchmaker concentrates the lion’s share of their attention on the Sterling silver dial. Executed using millennia old repousee and chasing technique that possibly required hundreds of hours of highly skilled labor, the face of the watch displays a beautiful flower: the peony.
As some other of their recent models, the one-off watch is presented in a 1.4435Cnu Staybrite steel case.
Measuring only 41.00 mm in diameter, the case may be considered small by some people. The first impression may be further enhanced by their signature oversized winding crown that comes set with a black onyx cabochon.
It is quite slim, though, since the watch is animated by an unspecified ultra-flat hand-wound movement, so all in all, the watch seems compact and slender, just what is desired from a classical-styled timekeeper.
As usual, the watch’s main selling point is the beautifully executed dial that displays a Peony blossom and its foliage.
The flower is done on a single sheet of metal using the well-known repousee and chasing technique, with the finest details done using high relief engraving (the technique is often used to decorate shotguns and this sort of weaponry.)
The yellow parts of the blossom are finished with gold and the rest of the display is rhodium-plated with the background covered with transluscent red enamel with a spray of sparkling diamond dust.
Although the choice of the hands (they are reported to be crafted from gold and mirror-polished) somewhat hurts the legibility of The Peony, it is the perfect example of how gracefully Angular Momentum doesn’t give a nickel about how good their watch would be at telling time. After all, it’s not just a mere watch: it is a piece of art with a hand-wound movement beating inside.
Photos: Angular Momentum
Angular Momentum The Peony hand-wound watch specification
Price: No data
Movement: Manual, ultra-flat, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Standard finish
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: 1.4435Cnu Staybrite steel, mirror polished
Bezel material: 1.4435Cnu Staybrite steel, mirror polished
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 41.00 mm
Lug width: No data
Case height: No data
Dial: Sterling silver, repousee, chased and engraved in high relief
Hands: Gold, polished, onion-shaped
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather with pin buckle in stainless steel
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire